Fiberglass is a versatile material that is made of plastic and glass fibers. It is a lightweight, yet strong material that is known for being water resistant. It is also cheaper than many other the alternate materials, such as carbon fiber, which makes it a popular choice in a wide variety of industries. Let’s take a look at some of the most common applications of fiberglass.
Uses of Fiberglass
Fiberglass was first developed during World War II for use in aircraft radomes, which is an enclosure to shield a microwave or radar antenna from the harsh environment without effecting the signal. It is still used to construct radomes today. It is also used in a similar fashion, as shrouding for antennas, in the telecommunications industry.
After the war is gained popularity as a boat building material, because it is strong, lightweight and cheap. It is still used for this purpose today and has virtually replaced the wooden boat industry. Many other small watercraft are also made with fiberglass such as, jet skis, kayaks and canoes.
It is also used in the automotive industry for the body of many vehicles. It is also used in the model aircraft and other toy models.
It is also a common material used for constructing storage tanks. These tanks are used for any type of storage, such as water storage, but are most commonly used for chemical storage because they are resistant to strong chemicals. Septic tanks are also commonly made of fiberglass.
Many pipes are made of fiberglass. They are commonly used for firewater, sewerage, wastewater and drinking water systems. They are also used in gas systems in some circumstances.
Fiberglass is also a common material in the building industry. It is used to make many products such as; window canopies, roofing laminate, door surrounds and window sills. Fiberglass is also used to make panels used to construct composite housing.